Roseville all-stars put on a show at baseball showcase
Roseville-area high school baseball players filled the field and the box score Sunday at the inaugural Raley Field Showcase Doubleheader.
The all-star games brought together 100 players chosen from teams that played 46 games this season at the home of the Sacramento River Cats, and the player that might have shined the most was from Oakmont.
Ryan Gearing was 3 for 3 with two triples and two runs scored in the nightcap. After pitching a scoreless ninth inning, he drove in the tying run in the bottom half and then scored the winning run in an 11-10 victory for the home team.
The all-stars were placed on teams and assigned to dugouts for the games.
“Honestly, I was just trying to get base hits,” said Gearing, who earned the win in addition to scoring the winning run. “The biggest thing for me is to get base hits.”
Gearing started his day with a leadoff triple over the center fielder in the second. His second triple was a line drive on the right-field line in the fourth. On the mound, Gearing struck out two in the ninth.
Six other locals participated in the event. Mark Reece of Roseville excelled on the mound, striking out three in 2 1/3 scoreless innings for the visiting team.
“I was just trying to throw strikes, keep the ball down,” Reece said. “You’ve got a great defense behind you, so I just wanted to put the ball in play.”
Sac-Joaquin Section Division II-champion Woodcreek was represented by Shaun Mize and Austin Hagarty.
Mize led off and started at second base for the visiting team. He stole two bases and drove in a run while playing well on defense. Playing shortstop in the eighth, he made a great leaping catch on a line drive. In the ninth, Mize made a diving stop to prevent a run from scoring.
Hagarty drew a full-count walk and scored for the visiting team in the third.
Dalton Blaser of Roseville started at first base for the visiting team and hit cleanup. He went 1 for 4 and scored a run. Tommy Wieser of Oakmont played short and second for the home team.
The teams were coached by former major leaguers from the area, including 11-year veteran Dion James and former all-star Greg Vaughn.
“I just wanted to play as best as I could and get to know everyone,” Gearing said. “I couldn’t be happier right now.”
Said Reece, “I’m gonna remember playing with these guys. Some of these guys are draft picks or going to college, and it’s going to be great to say, ‘Hey, I played with that guy back in high school.’”
In the first game, Logan Coggeshall of Oakmont hit a pitch over the center fielder for an RBI triple and sprinted home on an error for the visiting team in an 11-7 win. Coggeshall went 2 for 4 and caught about half the game.
The showcase also served as a charity event to raise money and canned foods for the Sacramento Food Bank.